Fun fact: there are tons of vintage/antique stores in Montana. Another notable Montanan business model: the casino combo. Some popular iterations:
the gas station / casino
the restaurant / lounge / casino
the liquor store / casino
the taxidermist / casino
the laundromat / casino
the feed store / casino
Yup. “Put a casino in it” is the Montanan version of Portland’s “put a bird on it.”
I promise I didn’t add any filters to these pics. I was in Great Falls toward the end of August, during that last spate of wildfires. Not only did it smell as if someone was burning leaves IN my hotel room, but the sky took on this brown-ish/orangey smoky tinge. It gave the entire area an eerie ambiance.
The last weekend in September, I had a chance to spend four days back in my adopted hometown of NYC for Andrew & Phil’s wedding (#lifetimeofhoneymoons), and I totally took advantage of the opportunity to play tourist.
A couple weekends ago, one of my favorite aunts flew out to Washington early for a conference in Spokane to spend some time with me in Seattle. It was so much fun to play tourist with her for a weekend! I travel so much for work that when I’m home, I tend to crash…spending time exploring my new(ish) hometown was a much needed reminder of why I relocated.